FINAL RESULTS: 2015 Summit County Amateur Golf Championship


Jake McBride had this par putt in regulation to win the 2015 Summit County Am outright, but couldn't coax it home.
Jake McBride had this par putt in regulation to win the 2015 Summit County Am outright, but couldn’t coax it home.

 
Summit County Amateur Golf ChampionshipThe only thing missing were the yellow painted stripes.

Players at the 2015 Summit County Amateur Golf Championship had to figure out a way to get a shot to stop in a parking lot, as that’s what the greens became as the wind ripped and the sun beat down on Akron’s Good Park Golf Course in the Sunday afternoon finale.

Putting on the greens was an absolute pleasure, as they rolled consistently and true. But getting the ball to stop as expected from even a short distance away became more and more difficult as the tournament went on.

Case in point: Steve Blackburn Jr. of Willowick posted the low Sunday round with a 2-under par 69. He was 3-under par on the day heading into the final hole, and hit what looked to be a perfect tee shot into the par-3 ninth (his 18th of the day). But the ball hit the green, skipped up in the air and went over the back, leaving him a downhill screaming chip onto that same parking lot/green. Bogey.

That made Blackburn the leader in the clubhouse with a 3-under par two-day total, but the final hole bogey looked like it really hurt. Blackburn was chasing first round leader Jake McBride of Hartville, who had shot 65 in the morning of the first round and seemed to be playing steady golf on Sunday.

But as the day progressed and the wind blew stronger and the greens dried out, McBride’s second round score crept to 1-over par on the day. Ultimately, Jake needed a par at the same hole Blackburn had just bogeyed to secure an outright victory.

McBride’s tee shot was a bit short and right, but he had an uphill chip. He left that chip short and it further ran back down the hill to 10 feet for par, which he didn’t convert. So it was playoff time at Good Park.

Best said, the difficult conditions and the pressure of the situation made it an eyebrow-raising four hole sudden-death playoff. Blackburn and McBride began the playoff on the par-3 ninth hole, and both players in essence reproduced what each had done in regulation: Blackburn went long-left, McBride went short-right, and neither player got it up and down. Especially tough was McBride’s par miss for victory (photo below), as it was only about four feet above the hole, albeit a tough downhill-righty slider.

McBride reacts to his missed putt from four feet above the cup on the first playoff hole.
McBride reacts to his missed putt from four feet above the cup to win on the first playoff hole.

Play then went to the first hole at Good Park. Blackburn sent his tee shot into the right trees, but had a gap to the green. He hit his second to the back fringe. McBride was just off the right side of the fairway but was blocked a bit by some branches and he had to go under them. He couldn’t overcome the difficulty, hit a poor second halfway to the green, and was forced to hit his third from about 40 yards in the fairway. He wedged it on to about 18 feet above the hole. Blackburn had a great opportunity to take the playoff right then and there. But a tentative chip and putt led to a bogey, and a two-putt by McBride continued the playoff.

The feel of the playoff turned away from tentative at the par-5 second hole. Both players hit strong, confident tee shots over the corner of the dogleg to the fairway. Both players knocked their second shots on in two. Both players hit the hole with their eagle efforts. But neither player could find the bottom of the cup to close it out, and the birdies sent the playoff back to the tough ninth hole par-3 to continue.

Learning from his past two efforts, Blackburn clubbed down and hit his tee shot perfectly on the fourth playoff hole, putting it just short of the green dead in the heart. McBride went next but pulled his tee shot left. It crashed into a tree, rattled around, and ended up in the fairway about 40 yards short of the green. Advantage Blackburn.

That advantage was even greater after McBride left his second shot pitch just short of the green, expecting a big bounce but not getting it.

Blackburn putts from the front of the par-3 green on the fourth playoff hole, and his ball rattles around the flag but won't stay in.
Blackburn putts from the front of the par-3 green on the fourth playoff hole. His ball rattles the flag but won’t stay in the hole.

So Blackburn settled in over his birdie putt from the front edge and hit a great one (photo above). The ball hit the edge of the hole and glanced off the flagstick, and the crowd thought it was in. But after the ricochet it ended up 3 feet above the hole.

McBride chipped up next, finished just a bit short, and tapped in for his bogey.

Blackburn-miss200wNow it was Blackburn’s chance to make a downhill slider at the par-3 hole to take the victory, as McBride had tried about a half-hour before. But Blackburn also rolled his attempt too far left and the missed putt continued down the hill, rolling out about 5 feet (right). Stunned, Blackburn missed the comeback putt, and McBride was the winner.

It was a tough finish, but given the conditions of the day, both players earned their way into the playoff with some great golf. And McBride earned the title by outlasting a veteran competitor in Blackburn.

Taylor Zoller nabbed third place alone by finishing at 1-under par 141, two shots back. In fourth place alone was Blake Fouty at 2-over par. Complete results below.

Sunday had four winners in the Big Skins game: John Tidenberg made eagle on the par-5 second hole; Mike Simpson had an eagle on short par-4 12th hole with a pitch-in; Blake Foutty made eagle on the par-5 14th; and Jason Chadima holed a mid-iron for eagle on 17. Each player earned $332.

Special thanks to Larry Zimmerman and Dante D’Andrea for all of their work on the tournament; another great full-field event, gentlemen!

Photo gallery from Sunday here.

 

Good Park Golf CourseFINAL RESULTS:
2015 SUMMIT COUNTY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Good Park Golf Course, Akron, Ohio
August 1 – 2, 2015 | Par 71

 

PLAYER RD1 RD2 TOTAL GIFT CERTS
McBride, Jake 66 73 139* $750.00
Blackburn, Steve 70 69 139 $650.00
Zoller, Taylor 70 71 141 $600.00
Foutty, Blake 70 74 144 $550.00
Luth, Patrick 70 75 145 $443.00
Peterson, Kurt 68 77 145 $443.00
Schreiber, Austin 70 75 145 $443.00
Tisch, Nolan 71 74 145 $443.00
Clendenin, Howard 71 75 146 $300.00
Crewse, Aaron 69 77 146 $300.00
Freeman, Allen 72 74 146 $300.00
Guadagni, Mark 73 73 146 $300.00
McPherran, Brian 74 72 146 $300.00
Stallsmith, Anthony 70 76 146 $300.00
Yacovazzi, Anthony 72 74 146 $300.00
Anderson, Josh 73 74 147 $162.00
Radis, Bud 73 74 147 $162.00
Stefanski, Ryan 72 75 147 $162.00
Witmer, Michael 75 72 147 $162.00
Barber, Doug 74 74 148 $125.00
Miller, Fred 72 76 148 $125.00
Thomas, Rich 73 75 148 $125.00
Trier, David 76 72 148 $125.00
Belden, Dan 77 72 149 $100.00
Lambos, Nick 73 76 149 $100.00
Schustrich, Rob 73 76 149 $100.00
Minko, Paul 72 78 150 $100.00
Spino, Bob 75 75 150 $100.00
Tidenberg, John 76 74 150 $100.00
Bryson, Rick 74 77 151 $100.00
Simpson, Mike 72 79 151 $100.00
Ungvary, Jr, Joe 73 78 151 $100.00
 
Chadima, Jason 78 74 152
Gomez, Erron 75 77 152
Kirby, Tanner 74 78 152
Marr, Dan 75 77 152
Nixon, Brandon 78 74 152
Schnur, John 75 77 152
Schultz, Patrick 76 76 152
Anagnost, Niko 74 79 153
Brawley, Ryan 77 76 153
Kovach, Ty 75 78 153
Lenartowicz, Michael 74 79 153
Prokop, Ray 77 76 153
Zoller, Austin 75 78 153
DeRemer, Chuck 75 79 154
Payne, Jeremy 78 76 154
Agarenzo, Mychal 78 77 155
Cawley, Mike 80 75 155
Chiesa, Jackson 80 75 155
Cutlip, Dean 77 78 155
Demeter, Mike 79 76 155
Ellison, Will 77 78 155
Fleming, Doug 75 80 155
Lahnan, Larry 77 78 155
Okeson, Chris 78 77 155
Bell, Ron 78 78 156
Feith, Taylor 78 78 156
Parker, Chase 77 79 156
Richardson, Chris 74 82 156
Roth, Justin 77 79 156
Sotka, David 78 78 156
Stats, Jacob 74 82 156
Vincelette, Brian 79 77 156
Marek, Ian 76 81 157
Polichena, Nick 77 80 157
Watkins, Tyler 76 81 157
Cea, Jim 81 77 158
Duncan, Dustin 76 82 158
Frey, Matthew 76 82 158
Hinchliffe, Tim 79 79 158
Horne, Chris 76 82 158
Kruza, Matthew 81 77 158
Lowry, Rich 74 84 158
McElwain, Dan 82 76 158
Rising, Taylor 82 76 158
Thiel, Matt 75 83 158
Karshner, Robert 81 78 159
Mendoza, Raul 81 78 159
Polick, Brian 80 79 159
Spalding, Stephen 78 81 159
Williams, Luke 80 79 159
Chuparkoff, Kenny 80 80 160
Ciccarello, Mark 76 84 160
Fricker, Steve 76 84 160
Kloetzer, Shaun 74 86 160
Loomis, Rob 81 79 160
Testa, Nick 83 77 160
Baugh, Tom 80 81 161
Cona, Garrett 78 83 161
Kerns, Larry 80 81 161
Loftin, Alex 80 81 161
Spalding, A.J. 83 78 161
Thomas, Andrew 81 80 161
White, Mark 81 80 161
Harmon, Bobby 82 80 162
Kammer, Lonnie 74 88 162
Kolkovich, Elliot 83 79 162
Scala, Sam 78 84 162
Belden, Brian 80 83 163
Carpenter, Jay 82 81 163
Hoschwender, Mike 79 84 163
Lerner, Evan 80 83 163
Morgan, Josh 81 82 163
Niskanen, Jim 82 81 163
Walker, Chris 82 81 163
Grosso, Jim 79 85 164
Warren, Matt 80 84 164
Armour, Mike 79 86 165
Cona, Rocco 80 85 165
Gordon, Sean 81 84 165
Zachardy, Jason 81 84 165
D’Andrea, Dante 85 81 166
Richardson, Kevin 87 79 166
Howard, Neil 82 85 167
Wenger, Jeff 89 78 167
Barbas, Jeff 81 87 168
Mooney, Will 87 81 168
Murphy, Mike 81 87 168
Paczkowski, Bobby 87 81 168
Krill, Denny 81 88 169
Lewis, Alan 81 88 169
Vujas, Mike 86 83 169
Wilson, Jr, Steve 82 88 170
Wilson, Steve 85 86 171
Oberdier, Jason 85 88 173
Ryan, Cory 89 84 173
Chadima, Brian 89 85 174
Price, Kevin 88 86 174
Sattler, Dave 90 84 174
Roth, Bryan 84 91 175
Mirelli, Jeff 80 96 176
Rush, Eric 88 88 176
Hamilton, Mike 85 93 178
Powers, Patrick 83 96 179
Palay, Landon 93 88 181
Laubscher, Rocky 93 92 185
Lewis, Trevor 94 91 185
Sibit, Derik 92 89 186
Regimbal, Matt 90 98 188
Nixon, Antwaun 118 105 223
Beebe, Brian 77 DQ
Bishop, Shane WD
Clark, Mitchell WD
DiPalma, Alex WD
Heavner, Tim 78 NC
Nemeth, Joe WD
Obyrne, Gene 82
Schnur, Mike 86
Thomas, Mark 84 WD
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